Rawiller booked for Derby ride

Nash Rawiller, the country's leading Group 1-winning jockey, will ride Cabeza in Saturday's Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm, before heading to Singapore to chase further Group 1 glory.

Rawiller has been booked to ride Samurai Phoenix in the Group 1 Patron's Bowl (1600m) on June 20 and Group One Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 1.

Rawiller, who has won seven times at the elite level this season, holds a one-win lead over Melbourne's Luke Nolen in the battle for Group 1 riding honours.

Trainer Danny O'Brien snapped up Rawiller for Cabeza when the Gai Waterhouse decided not to accept with any of her three-year-olds for Saturday's classic.

Rawiller, who is serving a suspension for excessive use of the whip, has ridden 27 Group Ones during his career.

"I have been fortunate to have had a decent season at this level and I am hoping Cabeza can add to my tally this weekend," Rawiller said.

O'Brien trainer is excited by having the top hoop engaged for the 2400m feature.

"Nash is a terrific rider who is a great judge of pace and I am sure he will give Cabeza every chance on Saturday," O'Brien said.

Cabeza has pulled up from his unplaced run in the O'Shea Stakes at Eagle Farm last Saturday in good order and O'Brien said he is expecting the Zabeel colt to bounce back to form this weekend.

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